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Cook’s Country From America’s Test Kitchen: Roast Beef Dinner

Airs Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make affordable roast...

Credit: © Daniel J. Van Ackere

Above: Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make affordable roast beef and whipped potatoes.

COOK'S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN features the best regional home cooking from across the country. The series, like the successful Cook’s Country magazine, approaches food in the same practical, no-nonsense way. In a renovated 1806 farmhouse, the cast scientifically re-imagines family-friendly recipes for the modern home cook.

Cooking 101

These comprehensive cooking guides will teach you the core techniques behind classic American dishes. You will also learn what equipment and which ingredients are absolutely essential in the preparation of these classic recipes. Each guide also lists our all-time best recipes so you can find just the recipe you want.

In season four, test kitchen chefs Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison and Erin McMurrer deconstruct each recipe to reveal secrets for foolproof cooking at home.

The Tasting Lab's Jack Bishop once again challenges host Christopher Kimball to live tastings and resident equipment expert Adam Ried returns to reveal the test kitchen's top recommendations for immersion blenders, multi-timers, pastry brushes, slow cookers and more. Kimball also introduces short documentary segments about America's food history and later, shares test kitchen tips and techniques designed to make home cooking easier.

"Roast Beef Dinner" - In this episode, Chris visits the local butcher to learn about top sirloin. Then, Bridget shows Chris how to make affordable roast beef and whipped potatoes. Next, Chris shares the test kitchen’s tips and techniques for cooking with salt. And finally, Adam reveals his picks for multi-timers.

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Test Cooks: Cook's Country Behind the Scenes

Meet the test cooks, runners and kitchen assistants on the set of "Cook's Country." "Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen" uncovers the best of American home cooking. Our recipes are tested not once, not twice, but often as many as 20, 30 or even 40 times. The result: foolproof recipes you can trust to work the first time—and every time. To watch full episodes, visit

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